Digging into food history

Lori Stein and Ronald Isaas explore the development and celebration of Jewish cuisine.

February 28, 2018 18:57
3 minute read.
POMEGRANATES, LIKE those seen here for sale in Jerusalem, are among the many iconic foods linked to

POMEGRANATES, LIKE those seen here for sale in Jerusalem, are among the many iconic foods linked to Rosh Hashana.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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You don’t need to do a lot of research to discover that Jews like to eat. They like to eat on holidays, they like to eat on weekends and they like to eat pretty much year-round. But Lori Stein and Ronald Isaacs have put plenty of research into their entertaining and informative new book, Let’s Eat: Jewish Food and Faith.

Most people know that Jews eat halla on Shabbat. But do they know that it is meant to be sprinkled with salt as a homage to the Temple sacrifices? It’s pretty common knowledge that gefilte fish is a Jewish food, but apparently fish and chips was first created by a Jewish merchant in England in 1847.


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